tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS August 14, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
>> pelley: disturbing new revelations today about how u.s. intelligence believes an american woman was abused by her isis captors. also tonight, a new era gips in relations with cuba, but old tensions linger. a white police officer testifies he feared for his life when he fatally shot an unarmed black man. and what steve hartman does when he's off the road. >> i mean, sometimes he's out there past dark. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: today, on what would have been kayla mueller's 27th birthday, we learn that u.s. intelligence has been told that she was tortured and sexually assaulted while in the
captivity of isis, the islamic terror group already responsible for the beheading of three americans. mueller, a humanitarian aid worker from prescott, arizona, was captured two years ago in syria. isis claims that she was killed last may in an allied air strike. now, u.s. officials say women once held with mueller claim that she was sexually assaulted by the leader of isis himself. here's major garrett. >> reporter: kayla mueller's parents learned of the grim details in june from the f.b.i. u.s. officials said the self-proclaimed isis leader abu bakr al baghdadi repeatedly raped mueller, an american humanitarian worker, while she was held captive by isis with at least two other sex slaves in a syrian compound. al-baghdadi daddy visited the compound frequently and assaulted mueller during those visits according to senior
officials. isis claims a coalition air strike on this compound killed mueller in february. the u.s. government said it was unlikely mueller was held there at the time. the government based its conclusioning about the sexual assaults on interviews with two teenaged girls who escaped isis captivity and heard directly from mueller about the abuse. corroboration also came, scott, from interrogations of the wife of a top isis figure. >> pelley: major garrett reporting from the white house tonight. major, thank you. in havana today, a symbolic milestone in relations between the united states and cuba. secretary of state john kerry presided over the raising of the american flag at the newly reopened u.s. embassy. margaret brennan is in havana. >> ladies and gentlemen, our great seal. >> reporter: history was made before dawn when the united states seal was hung at the embassy for the first time in 54 years. once daylight broke, three cold war era marines who shuttered
the embassy in 1961, helped the next generation unfurl the flag. james tracy, then a master gunnery sargeant, was one of those marines who helped take down the flag and promised one day to return. >> we're back. we're here to stay this time, i think. so-- and i'm coming back with the grand kids, gonna show them where grand daddy worked one time. >> reporter: hundreds of cubans gathered to watch. this woman said she had long dreamed of the day when cuba and the u.s. would get along. but despite the optimism of the day, there is still a lot of work needed to repair the decades-long rift. cuba wants the u.s. to repeal its trade embargo, which is choking its already-weak economy. congress has been reluctant to do that. and president obama has called on the castro government to stop the crackdown on political dissidents who want real democracy. i asked secretary kerry about
that. how can you promise them that any of the changes here will do any of those bigger things? >> i can't promise them. what i can say to them is that we are now engaged in diplomacy, and able to help to shed light on what is happening in cuba, help to understand ourselves better what is happening in cuba. we're here. >> reporter: and secretary kerry is meeting behind closed doors with some of those activists tonight. and, scott, that at least a thorn in the side of the cuban government on what is otherwise a day of celebration. >> pelley: margaret brennan with the stars and stripes in the first time in more than 5 years. margaret, thanks very much. in china today a 19-year-old firefighter was pulled alive from the smoldering ruins of that chemical warehouse. he had been trapped for 32 hours.
tremendous explosions two days ago killed at least 56 people, including 21 firefighters. more than 700 were injured. it's political heat that hillary clinton is feeling this evening. she campaigned today in iowa and never mentioned the issue dogging her campaign, those sensitive e-mails on her personal server while she was secretary of state. that server is now in the hands of the f.b.i. john dickerson is our cbs news political director and anchor of "face the nation." john, that f.b.i. investigation is sure to push into 2016. how does she weather this period? >> reporter: the clinton team has a two-pronged approach. they're addressing the specific developments on the e-mail story. but that's a swamp they don't want to get stuck in. instead they want hillary clinton to be seen talking about the issues voters say they really care about thp so this week secretary clinton was talking about her plans to make
acknowledge of college more affordable and she's also picking fights. recently clinton took on jeb bush over federal funding for women's health an and marco rubo over his position that abortion should be restricted in all cases. the hope is those shiites get news coverage and show democratic voters clinton is willing to fight for the issues they care about. >> pelley: now, at the same time, vice president joe biden has been busy on vacation calling his supporters. what should we make of that? >> reporter: this has definitely been a working vacation for the vice president and his advisers. they're talking to supporter and political activists to find out how they would mount an operation that would take on hillary clinton. and whether there is a real appetite for a biden campaign. this has unleashed all kinds of rumors in conversations i've had in these early states. there is some disappointment in some quarters with hillary clinton's campaign, but that's not the same thing as a burning desire to really behind joe biden, which is what he would need, scott, to take on a campaign which would be no
vacation. >> pelley: john dickerson, thanks very much, john. john's guests on sunday will include three presidential candidates, republicans lindsey graham and john kasich, and democrat martin o'malley. a north carolina police officer was back on the witness stand in charlotte today. the officer, who is white, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed black man. mark strassmann is at the courthouse. >> he was going to assault me. he was going to take my gun from me. >> reporter: randall kerrick said it was kill or be killed in september of 2013. a woman had called 911 to report a home invader banging on her front door. 24-year-old jonathan ferrell might also have been just looking for help after a single-car accident. kerrick and other officers responded and claimed ferrell was acting erratically. one fired his taser at ferrell. in this dash board camera video, you can see the taser's dot, and
ferrell run past. >> the suspect began aggressive coming towards me. >> how loud were your verbal commands? >> get on the ground! get on the ground! get on the ground! >> reporter: kerrick shot ferrell 10 times during their struggle. >> no matter what i dhe wouldn't stop. >> what did you believe at that time? >> i thought i was going to die. >> reporter: ferrell was unarmed and had no criminal record. charlotte-mecklenburg police suspended kerrick without pay. >> that's your handwriting, right? >> yma'am, it is. >> reporter: prosecutor theresa postell grilled him. >> ma'am, this was taken just a little bit after i was in a fight for my life. i'm sorry if there's a few inconsistencies. >> reporter: georgia ferrell is the dead man's mother. three days after his death, she talked to us about officer kerrick. >> but i doorter: you do? >> i so forgive him but i do want justice.
>> reporter: georgia ferrell told us that her son always respected police. his sister is a cop. scott, if convicted, kerrick could face 11 years in prison. >> pelley: mark strassmann for us this evening. mark, thank you. long before the black lives matter movement, the pioneering hip-hop group nwa, was raising its voice against police brutality. 25 years later, the group is the subject of what will likely be this weekend's most-talked-about movie and vladimir duthiers has that story. >> you're listening to compton's very own ice cubed. you are witnessing history. >> rteporer: they were n.w.a., five guys from innery citlos angeles who in 1988 released a groundbreaking album. the album was labored gangsta rap. it aired an unflinched look at urban america and police brutality. >> you can't come down here and
arrest people just because of what they look like. what are you crazy? that's police harassment. >> reporter: hip-hop icon and former member of n.w.a., ice cube, helped produce the film. >> we started to have these people coming from all directions to try to discredit us and try to really stop us, you know, from the f.b.i. to the police. ♪ and the other color so police think they have the authority to kill a minority ♪ >> reporter: l.a. times writer lorraine ali says "straight out of compton" hits at issues still relevant today. >> we're talking about police brutality, unarmed black men getting killed by police across >>the y.untr we can go toe to toe in the middle of a sale. >> reporter: the film's release has movie theaters beefing up stewart. l.a.p.d. commander andy smith says they're not take any chances. >> in the interest of safety we're going to deploy extra officers at events like this.
>> reporter: universal told us it partnered with theaters who have requested support for their locations. the studio wouldn't say what kind of support. >> i think the security around it is a bit of a double standard. i mean, we're not talking about this for other films. isn't this the very sort of thing they were rapping when? like, this is what you expect from young black then so we better beef up security. >> reporter: some theaters did beef up security given the film's gang references there were no reported incidents in the film's screening. >> pelley: whitewater rafting returned to a river that turnediel low last week when three million gallonning of toxic waste spilled from a gold mine. people were warned not to drink untreated water from it and to scrub their hands and clothes if they come in contact with sediment from the spill. in florida, there is a resurgence in h.i.v. cases, especially among adolescents and young adults. after three decades of medical
advances against the potentially deadly virus, why is it on the rise again? vicente arenas is looking into this. >> reporter: 26-year-old jahn cabeza of miami discovered he was h.i.v. positive two years ago. he remembers stopping at a mobile testing lab and having his world turned upside down. >> i thought this is the end for me. i used to cry in the bathroom and wake up with my eyes swollen because i was crying all night. >> reporter: cabeza's diagnosis is part of an alarming trend. 5,377 floridians were diagnosed with h.i.v. in 2013 according to the florida department of health. that's more than any other state in the nation. dr. michael wohlfeiler is the chief of medicine for the aids health care foundation. he says 13- to 24-year-olds males make up the fastest growing group of new infections. >> they were not alive when we went through what i call the holocaust era of aids where everybody was dwieg dooig from this disease.
a young person comes in for his or her first visit with me, the attitude at the beginning of the visit is very nonchalant, like this is not a big deal. by the end of the visit, often the attitude has changed. >> reporter: increasingly infection rates are also being seen in those aged 50 and older. >> part of the reason that we're seeing new infections in an older group of men who have sex with men is what i would actually term kind of a gay midlife crisis, where they were h.i.v. negative for years and years, getting tested regularly, and then they went through a period as they were facing middle age of becoming more sexually active. >> reporter: health officials also say up to 60% of teens and young adults infected don't know they're h.i.v. positive and are unknowingly spreading the disease. the aids foundation is now trying to create a more aggressive media campaign to
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his catskills routine. no, it's not stand up. it's more like crouch-down. here's steve "off the road." >> reporter: i have a confession to make. even though i only do this at my place in upstate new york after the kids are in bed, the fact is i have a weed addiction. i just can't stop pulling the things. oh, yeah. mugwart, canada thistle and levy golden rod are some of myself favorites. that's the stuff. i realized the exents of my addiction only recently after my cameraman interviewed my wife, andrea, about it. >> he goes out at 7:00 at night and weeds until dark. i mean, sometimes he's out there past dark. >> reporter: and her point is. >> you know, it's not weeding a garden. it's weeding five acres. >> reporter: four and a half, technically. see, a few years ago i had this idea to turn this weedy hillside into a beautiful prairie full of native wild flowers and grasses. i contacted this man who would eventually become my dealer.
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one day after an arrest in the death of a district toddler the 3-year-old's father shares his thoughts with us. good evening. i'm lesli foster. >> and i'm debra alfarone. the accidental shooting death of 3-year-old dalis cox last month inside herb mother's apartment just horrified -- her mother's apartment just horrified people across the district. >> last night a 17-year-old was arrested in connection with the case charged as a juvenile with child cruelty. this is tonight's top story at 7:00. >> reporter: i'm garrett haake at d.c. superior court where that 17-year-old has already had his first court appearance and learned he will be detained until his trial begins next month. a source familiar with the case says the teen was also charged with three counts